Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has highlighted the bravery of promising youngster Kieran Gill as he made a bitter sweet long awaited senior debut against St Helens on Sunday.
The 21-year-old back marked his first game with a 34th minute try after being given a starting spot on the right wing – but had already by this point suffered a serious knee injury.
Gill went on play through the pain barrier further until the 44th minute when he had to come off the field and he has subsequently found out that he has an ACL rupture – the same that sidelined skipper Michael Shenton for the entire 2016 season.
“I have to say I thought Kieran Gill was unbelievably brave,” said Powell.
“He stayed on the field with an ACL rupture. It was great for him to score on his debut and at that point he had the rupture, which is a big, big injury. He will be out for nine months now.”
Powell was pleased with how Gill went before the injury struck.
He added: “For him to make his debut and then to get a try it will give him a fair bit of confidence moving through this tough injury period to come back even stronger.
“He is out of contract at the end of the year, but he’s been offered a new deal.
“He’s been out on loan and he’s done pretty well. It’s good for young players to go out on loan because there’s no reserve team now and they just get on with it.
“He’s done well and scored a couple of crucial tries for Oldham and been good, I was delighted for him.”